Five things to know from what happened in the world of sport. November 3-9, 2020.
- Breeders’ Cup. John Velázquez (PUR) won the Breeders’ Cup Classic with Authentic (USA) and the Filly & Mare Sprint with a track-record-breaking Gamine (USA). Pierre-Charles Boudot (FRA) won a 73-1 upset with Order of Australia (IRL) in the Mile and also won the Filly and Mare Turf as a last-minute jockey replacement on Audarya (FRA), also with a track record. Another Covid-19-related last-minute replacement was Colin Keane (IRL), who rode Tarnawa (IRL), to win the Turf. Trainer Brad Cox had four winners, including Monomoy Girl (USA), who won her second Distaff in her possible final start, and with Knicks Go (USA), who won the Dirt Mile also in a record time. These horses were mounted by Florent Geroux (FRA) and Joel Rosario (DOM) respectively. Both rode two winners. Irad Ortiz Jr (PUR) also rode two winners and took the “Bill Shoemaker Award” for a third consecutive time because he also had a second and a third place, although he “only” had one Grade 1 win. Read the takeaways from America’s Best Racing
- Indian Premier League in Dubai. The Indian Premier League finished successful T20 seasons at Dubai, both for men and women. The Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Capitals by 5 wickets with 8 balls left in order to take their fifth Championship since 2013 and keep on proving they are clearly the best. The three-team Women’s Challenge was won by the Trailblazers, who defeated the Supernovas. Nattakan Chantam (THA) made a spectacular save for the Trailblazers. She said it doesn’t hurt! Watch it here (News18)
- Redemption for Roglič? Primož Roglič (SLO) won the Vuelta a España after having being 2nd at the Tour de France, although countryman Tadej Pogačar (SLO) was not competing. Roglič also took the Points Classification and four Stages. Richard Carapaz (ECU) finished 24 seconds behind and Team Movistar won the Team Classification, as they did at the Tour. Lisa Brennauer (GER) won the Women’s Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta and also took the points classification. World Champion van der Breggen (NET) and Lizzie Deignan (ENG) were not competing. Deignan finished atop the UCI Women’s WorldTour. (Cyclingnews)
- Precisely. Wales won its first PDC World Cup of Darts represented by Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton, who defeated England’s Michael Smith and Rob Cross in the Finals. In another precision sport, Bill O’Neill (USA) won the PBA Playoffs (Bowling), for his 13th PBA tournament win (PBA).
- Underdogs in Portugal. The FIM Enduro GP World Championship held its first Portuguese round and Josep García (ESP) impressed by taking third and first in the overall category, which is especially impressive he is in the E2 class (2nd and 1st) and he had not competed in an EnduroGP round in three years! Steve Holcombe (ENG), another E2 rider, also took the Day 1 Overall and leads the Championship standings. In the Baja Portalegre 500, part of the FIA and FIM Bajas World Cups, Guillaume De Mévius (BEL) (Grégoire’s son) won the SSV category and impressively finished 2nd in the cars category, challenging Bernhard Ten Brinke (NET) for the win (Baja Portalegre 500).